The Westport Weston Family YMCA will reopen Monday, June 22.
But don’t expect to waltz right in, socialize, work out, and hang out. In an email sent this evening to members, CEO Pat Riemersma described a “gradual reopening with modified access to facility amenities.”
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. That provides access to the Wellness Center (cardio, strength and free weights); indoor and outdoor pools, plus group fitness classes and personal training (inside and outside). Reservations are required for the entire facility.
During the next phase (date TBA), there will be a limited Kids Club, limited lobby seating, and additional classes.
What’s not available? The locker rooms (restroom use only), showers, steam rooms, saunas, water fountains, cafe, as well as yoga mats, stretch bands and other rubberized equipment (though members can bring their own).
All members will be required to sign a waiver before using the facility. They will also have their temperature checked, and be asked screening questions.
Members must bring and wear masks or cloth face coverings, unless precluded by a medical condition. Members do not need to wear a mask while engaged in physical activity — if 12 feet of distance can be maintained. Members much clean all equipment before and after use.
If you’re a glass-half-empty person, you see a lot of restrictions. If you see the glass as half-full — or miss your pool, treadmill, instructor or Y friends, or are worried about an expanding waistline or disappearing muscle tone — you take whatever good news you can get.
(For more information on the Westport Weston Family Y, click here.)
How are reservations made? Online or on the phone? How many people are permitted to use the exercise floor? Who will monitor the members working out so that they are 12 feet apart from the next person waiting or walking around? How is any of this actually possible as each person has their own exercise program and moves accordingly?
The email said that information about reservations “will be placed on the website in the coming week.”
opening gradually, very, very slowly… monday-sunday, everything opened but locker rooms, really ????? masks required except for medical condition ? hope those who say, I have the antibodies ” as they are walking down the street will also have to wear masks at the Y !